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RAIN can make a night in the bush mis­er­able, but so can a lack of light when you’re try­ing to set up camp or cook un­der a tarp or tree in the bush. Lightforce – known to four-wheel driv­ers for its Aus­tralian-made high per­for­mance HID and LED ve­hi­cle driv­ing lights – has in­tro­duced a flex­i­ble LED camp light that can be quickly strung up any­where for in­stant camp light­ing.

The 1.2m-long Lightforce flex­i­ble LED strip light has 72 LEDS that can be tog­gled on and off (and bright­ness con­trolled) by a touch-sen­si­tive switch. The strip fea­tures hooks at each end and four Vel­cro straps along its length. The power ca­ble is 5.5m long, so there’s plenty of reach from a power source to your kitchen or tent area.

We grabbed one for our re­cent Oodnadatta/finke trek and it quickly proved its worth. It can eas­ily be hung or strung from a tree branch or tent pole or – in our case, where we didn’t have any gazebo-type struc­tures to hang lights from – a ve­hi­cle door mir­ror, to shine light on our camp stove and kitchen equip­ment.

Draw­ing around 15W, the flex­i­ble light is kind to your power sup­ply (as LED light­ing gen­er­ally is) and doesn’t seem to at­tract too many in­sects. The kit in­cludes a croc-clip ac­ces­sory socket for use on a 12V bat­tery.

As well as quickly and eas­ily light­ing your camp­site at night, the Lightforce strip light is just as handy for un­der-ve­hi­cle in­spec­tions, and rolls up for stor­age in a glove­box or un­der a seat. And with IP65 water­proof rat­ing, it’s at home on the water.

Two thumbs up!

RATED AVAIL­ABLE FROM: www.lightforce.net.au RRP: $99. WE SAY: flex­i­ble, con­ve­nient, handy.

ABOVE: in case you need to con­nect di­rectly to a bat­tery, it comes with its own clamps.

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